The location

Just the last 20 minutes of your journey will be on well maintained gravel road and the remainder is ‘on the tar’. The journey from the Indian Ocean coast and Durban is some 3.5hours and from Johannesburg a driving time of 5hours should be allowed. The Drakensberg Mountains are just 2hours to the West. The extract from the survey map on the right shows the hotel site in yellow and the battlesite is just 800m SSW.

Many visitors will be familiar with the film Zulu starring Michael Caine in his first Oscar award production, and the story is based on the actions of B Company 2nd Battalion 24th Regiment in defending their post at Rorke’s Drift Mission Station. This location is just 800m from the hotel and the museum and layout of the fortifications are visited by several thousand visitors each year.

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'Zulu' and 'Zulu Dawn'

Many visitors will be familiar with the film Zulu starring Michael Caine in his first Oscar award production, and the story is based on the actions of B Company 2nd Battalion 24th Regiment in defending their post at Rorke’s Drift Mission Station. This location is just 800m from the hotel and the museum and layout of the fortifications are visited by several thousand visitors each year. Picture at Rt is Lt Chard RE and Lt Bromhead 2/24 in Zulu (1964) aka Stanley Baker and Michael Cain.

Zulu was shot on location in South Africa, but in the Drakensberg which has an even more dramatic backdrop than Shiyane Mountain, although that is an opinion. The site where the film was made is near our associate Montusi Lodge and we can arrange an onward stop should you wish.

The heroic defence of Rorke’s Drift Mission Station was preceded by the massacre at Isandlwana and this is depicted in the film Zulu Dawn starring Burt Lancaster and Peter O’Toole as Lord Chelmsford. This was also filmed on location in South Africa and the footage of invading Zululand by crossing the river, is the hotel grounds. The pontoons cross the Buffalo River in the film at our Eastern boundary and movie buffs can go to the site.

The picture below has the hotel site in the background. Invasion of Zululand – Zulu Dawn (1979)

Zulu dawn film location

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